MNT Nov 18, 2013
November 17 has been a busy day for the U.S. team in the last decade. Since 2002, the team has played four times on this date, and there have been some important individual moments. Overall, the MNT is 3-0-1 in those games, posting three shutouts. One game was a qualifier, two were in South Africa, and the first was in Washington, D.C. Here's a quick review:
Nov. 17, 2002 - RFK Stadium - Washington, D.C.
USA 2, El Salvador 0
In the first game following the historic run to the quarterfinals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, D.C.United local Ben Olsen got the game-winner and both Sasha Victorine scored his first international goal in the 2-0 win. The victory marked the first shutout in only second game for a young Tim Howard.
USA — 18-Tim Howard (1-Nick Rimando, 46); 3-Wade Barrett, 4-Carlos Bocanegra, 23-Dan Califf, 12-Sasha Victorine; 25-Pablo Mastroeni (2-Leo Cullen, 46), 14-Ben Olsen (16-Kyle Martino, 76), 17-Chris Klein, 21-Landon Donovan; 11-Clint Mathis (Capt.), 20-Taylor Twellman (9-Jeff Cunningham, 84).
Nov. 17, 2004 - Columbus Crew Stadium- Columbus, Ohio
USA 1, Jamaica 1
In the last game of the semifinal round, the U.S. played Jamaica to a 1-1 draw. Eddie Johnson tallied the lone strike for the USA, extended the team's unbeaten run to 13 games.
The goal was an historic one for Johnson, who became the first player in MNT history to score goals in his first three qualifying appearances. He also joined Alexander Rae as one of only two players in MNT history with goals in each of his first three caps.
USA: 18-Kasey Keller; 5-Chris Albright, 6-Oguchi Onyewu, 22-Tony Sanneh, 12-Cory Gibbs; 25-Pablo Mastroeni, 3-Ramiro Corrales (2-Clint Dempsey, 66), 14-Steve Ralston (4-Jonathan Spector, 77), 10-Landon Donovan (Capt.); 20-Brian McBride, 7-Ed Johnson (16-Taylor Twellman, 88).
Nov. 17, 2007 - Ellis Park - Johannesburg, South Africa
USA 1, South Africa 0
Steve Cherundolo recorded a rare goal as the USA collected a 1-0 win in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup, marking the USA's first win on the African continent. Jozy Altidore earned his first cap for the United States that day.
USA: 1-Tim Howard (18-Brad Guzan, 46); 6-Steve Cherundolo (21-Jonathan Spector, 46), 22-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (Capt.) (2-Dan Califf, 46), 14-Heath Pearce; 5-Benny Feilhaber (13-Jonathan Bornstein, 86), 13-Maurice Edu, 4-Michael Bradley,7-DaMarcus Beasley; 25-Freddy Adu (26-Sacha Kljestan, 73) , 8-Clint Dempsey (17-Jozy Altidore, 65)
Nov. 17, 2010 - Green Point Stadium - Cape Town, South Africa
USA 1, South Africa 0
Seventeen-year-old forward Juan Agudelo, the first product of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to make an appearance for the U.S. Men’s National Team, became the youngest player to score in the modern era as the U.S. defeated South Africa 1-0 to win the 2010 Nelson Mandela Challenge. The assist came from Mix Diskerud, who also earned his first cap. Brad Guzan wore the captain’s armband for the U.S. for the first time in his career and the 26-year-old goalkeeper earned ussoccer.com Man of the Match honors for his five save performance
USA: 18-Brad Guzan (capt.);13-Eric Lichaj, 21-Clarence Goodson (22-Gale Agbossoumonde, 87), 5-Tim Ream (6-Nat Borchers, 67), 12-Jonathan Bornstein (2-Jonathan Spector, 46); 15-Logan Pause, 16-Brian Carroll; 8-Robbie Rogers (17-Juan Agudelo, 61), 11-Eddie Gaven, 7-Alejandro Bedoya (14-Mikkel Diskerud, 79); 20-Robbie Findley (9-Teal Bunbury, 46)